HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - The University of Southern Mississippi is partnering with the Mississippi National Guard to offer free tuition to the state’s citizen soldiers and airmen.
USM President Dr. Rodney Bennett and Maj. Gen. Janson D. Boyles, the adjutant general of Mississippi, signed a memorandum of understanding Wednesday morning establishing the Golden Eagle Free Tuition Program.
President Dr. Rodney Bennett tells WDAM that the price for college has gone up.
“The ability to have some tuition assistance really makes coming back to school and finishing your education,something that you’re able to do,” said President Bennett.
Boyles said that the tuition bill will be split between the university and the National Guard.
“The national guard funds about half of their tuition. Okay, so this is the university partnering with us and funding the remaining half of their tuition,” said Maj. Gen. Boyles.
With the agreement, USM becomes the fourth university in the state to offer free undergraduate tuition for Mississippi National Guardsmen. Mississippi State University, Jackson State University and the Mississippi University for Women offer similar programs.